Thursday, June 2, 2011
Native American Poem
We have wrapped up our Native American social studies unit last week and I was really happy with the boys final writing pieces they turned in for their final assessment. They were to write three different writing pieces written from three different Native American's perspectives. The first piece they were to write from the perspective of a Native living in Maine before European contact. The second piece was to be written from the perspective of a Native American during European settlement. The last piece was to be written from the perspective of a current day Native American living in Maine.
Quinn wrote three very strong pieces of writing that were like journal entries (they are a bit too long for the blog.) I have been so impressed this year by how much he has grown as a writer. He really enjoyed writing from the perspective of Native Americans because "they love nature and animals just like me."
Dalton went about his writing assignment a different way. He wrote a three part poem telling the perspectives of the Native Americans living in Maine with a bit of a twist. I know I may be biased but I think it is just awesome.
See what you think....
Story Through Time
By D. Burroughs
His voice started strong and proud
“I watch from my village as snow and Ice melt away
For the thirteenth time of my life
My first hunt begins today
As with my ceremony tonight
I go with my father to hunt the drowsy moose
I go with my father to hunt the tired deer
I go with my father to gather springs first berries
I go with my father to catch the river fish
Everything smells different
Everything sounds different
Everything feels different
Tonight I become a man
Tomorrow we’ll go to the Ocean
In our birch bark canoes
We will travel
Down the Penawahpsewi
To our summer island
That offers us shelter
Offers us fish
Offers us a place of serenity
A place away from the winter struggle
A place where we accept natures gift
A place where spring has come
A place where we give back natures gift.”